Type II Reverse - Variety 107
Obverse 6: 1877/6 Overdate, Repunched Date, Die Scratch In Shield, High Level Date
Reverse F.2: Die Cracks, Small CC, [mm Lt,H,TR]
Obverse 6 Reverse F.2
Obverse Diagnostic Point(s) Reverse Diagnostic Point(s)
1877/6 Overdate Images From Variety 108 - Rick DeSanctis Discovery Coin
Comments: Varieties 107 and 108 are incredible example of multiple die preparation anomalies with the first identified overdate, date digit repunching including triple punching and large obverse die scratch.
During Variety 107, Obverse 6 is in an early die state with all four digits of the date showing repunching. The most obvious repunching is above the base of the 1 digit and under the flag and at the bottom of the second 7 digit. The second 7 digit is triple punched. Repunching is evident at the top of the lower loop of the 8 digit. Repunching can be seen under the flag and at the bottom of the the first 7 digit in the date. There is a long die scratch or die defect within the shield as illustrated above.
Reverse F is found in a later die state when paired with Obverse 6. Die cracks originate from both sides of the mintmark into the ribbon ends. Severe cracking is seen at the edges of the oak leaves in the lower right wreath. Ahwash mentions a die defect on the upper right upright of DI(M)E.
During March 2010, the author received an email from Rick DeSanctis, a Ft Myers, Florida dealer, who stated that the Obverse 6 date punch was actually an overdate on an original 1876 die. Rick indicated that the remains of a 6 digit could be seen on the top surface of the crossbar of the second 7 digit consistent with the 1877, 7 Over 6 Liberty Seated Half Dollar listed in Cherrypickers' Guide as FS-50-1877-301. The dime was sent to the author for verification and photography. The remains on the top surface of the 7 digit crossbar were imaged with the dime placed on a mylar wedge to properly adjust lighting angle and capture the anomaly on the top surface of the 7 digit. The anomaly does have similarity with the top loop and Small Knob of a 6 digit. This anomaly will wear quickly, therefore mint state examples of Varieties 107 and Varieties 108 should be examined for the possibility of a full top loop of the 6 digit protruding from the surface. At this time, Obverse 6 is updated to be an 1877/6 overdate variety. More examples of this variety are requested from collectors.
Plate Coin: G. Fortin Collection, AU55
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